Brad Madden sat high in a climbing tree stand overlooking an open bottom frequented by grass-browsing does that were beginning to be chased by bucks at the onset of the rut. He had seen a few does earlier in the afternoon, but nothing with antlers.
September in Mississippi can be the hottest time of the year. Noted for the return of football, deer-camp workdays and oppressive heat, it is still the heart of summer — even though fall is on the horizon as the ninth month arrives.
Perry Ross of Big Creek never thinks of deer hunting as a seasonal sport. At 55, he’s got nearly 50 years under his belt in the woods, and for him there’s the offseason and the on-season — but it’s always deer season.
With an estimated population of 275 million in North America, the mourning dove is one of the most-abundant and recognizable birds in the land. In the south, Labor Day weekend brings hunters from all walks of life into fields for the opening day of the dove season.